A lost wager on the NCAA men's basketball championship game resulted in a treat for the clients of Lexington's Hope Center on Tuesday.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback had promised to donate Kansas beef to a Kentucky charity if the Wildcats won. Gov. Steve Beshear had vowed to donate Kentucky country ham to Kansas if the Jayhawks won.
UK beat Kansas 67-59, and on Tuesday, Brownback made good on his pledge.
Beshear and first lady Jane Beshear grilled and served some of the 440 Kansas City Steak Co. steakburgers that Brownback had shipped via UPS to the Hope Center.
"We would like to thank Kansas and Gov. Brownback for their sportsmanship and this gracious donation," Beshear said in a news release issued by the Hope Center. "Of course, we also thank the UK team for thrilling us with their inspired play this season."
Cecil Dunn, executive director of the Hope Center, said in the release that the donation was "a very creative way to show our clients that our community cares."
The Hope Center provides emergency shelter, food and clothing to the homeless and people struggling with addictions and mental health problems. It provides more than 25,000 meals and 10,000 nights of lodging each month.
"It was just a great opportunity for our clients to be a part of something really big for the state," said Carrie Thayer, director of development for the Hope Center. "They really enjoyed being part of that ... and they got a good burger."
The center serves lunch daily to "anybody in the community who needs lunch," Thayer said, then added, "It's not always Kansas City steakburgers."